“I love what burlesque has to offer the audience,” said Chris O.
Biddle, creator and director of “The Kiss Kiss Cabaret”. “I
can’t think of any other art form that mixes comedy and sensuality the
way burlesque does. Our show is a modern performance, yet it pays
homage to the past. If you went back in time to the 1920’s and saw a
show at Minsky’s burlesque in New York City, you would see a show
similar to what ‘The Kiss Kiss Cabaret’ offers.”
“Kiss Kiss” is the brainchild of Biddle and producer Jenn A.
Kincaid. In October 2009, they created a five-week run for a
Halloween-themed show called “Peek-A-Boo”. The positive audience
reaction inspired Biddle and Kincaid to commit to an open-run show.
Rehearsals for “Kiss Kiss” began in November, 2010 and the show
premiered in February, 2011.
The hallmark of the show is the “The Kiss Kiss Cabaret Coquettes”
including Bella Ciao, Alexa Luthor, Minnie Minx, Naughty Natanya,
Elisa Purls, Walk Away Renee, Deja Sue and Donna Touch among others.
The Coquettes have performed in Chicago and around the world in shows
such as “Belmont Burlesque Revue”, “the Girly-Q Variety Hour”,
“Varietease Cabaret” and the “Viva Las Vegas: the Rockabilly
Weekender”. Several of the Coquettes have also been featured in the
“New York Burlesque Festival”, the “New Orleans Burlesque
Festival”, and the “Windy City Burlesque Festival”.
Complimenting the dancers are a variety of performers including
stand-up comedian Adam Burke, magic and comedy by The Amazing Tomas
and That Juggling Guy Brad French among others. The Master of
Ceremonies duties are fully improvised by the Flattery brothers; Max
(portrayed by Biddle) and Les (played by J. Ben Parker). The mood of
the show is set by the Claptrap Family Orchestra featuring Ken Raabe
on guitar, Jon Wolter on drums and and Mazurka Wojciechowska on the
“The Kiss Kiss Cabaret” is in an open run, Fridays at 11 p.m. at
the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $15 in
advance or $20 at the door and are available at 773-404 7336 or
www.GreenhouseTheater.org. For more information visit
About The Greenhouse Theater Center
Founded in 2008, The Greenhouse Theater Center, NFP, continues its
commitment to maintain a theater building and artists’ space rich in
the Chicago theater tradition. Located at 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue in
Chicago’s prominent Lincoln Park neighborhood, it was the original
home for such theater luminaries as the groundbreaking Body Politic
Theater and Victory Gardens Theater. For directions and more
information, visit wwwGreenhouseTheater.org.